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Comedian Bill Bailey prepares to tour our region

He's an actor, a writer, a bird watcher and he even has a plant named after him. He's also one of the country's most recognisable comics. Bill Bailey.

And he's just begun a tour across Britain, that will take him the length and breadth of the land - including theatres in Brighton, Bexhill, Hastings, Margate and Southend.

So what's he offering - and what can we expect? And what on earth is Latvian Hip Hop? Josh Stead has been finding out.

Tour dates Dawn French is covering in the South

Dawn French's 30 Million Minutes Tour is starting tonight in Birmingham but below are the dates she hits the South!

  • Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th June at the Theatre Royal in Brighton
  • Wednesday 2nd July at the Anvil Arts in Basingstoke
  • Thursday 3rd July at New Theatre in Oxford
  • Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th July at Hawth Theatre in Crawley
  • Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading
  • Wednesday 8th October at the Anvil Arts in Basingstoke
  • Thursday 23rd October at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking
  • Friday 24th October at The Kings Theatre in Portsmouth
  • Thursday 30th October at G Live in Guildford
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing
  • Thursday 20th November at the Bournemouth Pavilion
  • Friday 21st November at the Lighthouse in Poole


Queen of Comedy hitting the South with her solo tour

Dawn French, Queen of British comedy, is travelling around the country with her first ever solo tour.

Dawn has started her tour in Birmingham and she's in Brighton from Tuesday. She's also heading to Basingstoke, Oxford, Crawley, Reading, Portsmouth, Guildford, Woking, Worthing, Bournemouth, Poole. Fred spoke to her a bit earlier today.

Laughing all the way to Maidstone

Some critics have described Andrew Lawrence's comedy as a 'Victorian blend of rage and good grammar''. Credit: Idil Sukan

Comedy lovers in Maidstone will be getting another dose of laughter this weekend when comedian Andrew Lawrence performs at the Hazlitt Arts Centre. A regular on the Edinburgh fringe and Live at the Apollo Andrew is now touring with the show "There is No Escape".

It follows the success of Stephen K Amos' show at the venue in February.